When traveling, I am always looking for the best price. And by best price, I mean, just looking not to be the tourist that is scammed into paying way too much. When I recently visited Bali, I was going straight to Ubud (roughly 1hr – 1.5hr from the airport) and wanted to make sure I was paying a fair rate.
Most hotels and Airbnb accommodations can arrange a car and driver for you. They will wait for you upon arrivals once you clear immigration in a large crowd of other waiting drivers. In my experience, a hotel driver will be one of the most expensive options. This trip in particular, I was staying at an Airbnb and was quoted 350,0000 IDR (~$26).
Even before you are outside the ‘arrival gates,’ you will be approached by many asking if you need a taxi. I asked for a quote for a ride from the airport to my accommodations in Ubud, which the driver estimated would cost 400,000 IDR (~$30).
Being the millennial that I am, I have become so accustomed to Uber/Lyft that I just HAVE to check this option out as well. And I am so glad that I did! The quote for the same ride was 191,000 IDR (~$14). What is even better is that it was only 152,000 IDR (~11.50) on the way back.
Tip: Don’t let the Taxi drivers at arrivals know that you are planning to use an Uber. They will follow you around and tell you that Uber is not allowed to pick up at the airport. I made this mistake, so I was annoyed for a while as I was trying to figure out where to go.
Getting to Your Uber
As per the Uber website, there is no mention that they are ‘not allowed’ for picking up. But, I’m also not surprised if Uber would post something like that. Here is my step-by-step guide on how to get to your Uber without having Taxi drivers follow.
- Baggage Claim. Call your Uber here. It should only take around 5 minutes and customs is super quick
- Exiting Arrivals. You will come out of the terminal on the ground floor. You will need to go to level 3 Departures. If anyone asks who is giving you a ride, you can deflect with saying you are ‘Meeting a friend’ or ‘Hotel Shuttle.’
- Walk out of the Arrival area to the Parking Structure. There is a parking structure outside of the arrival area (other side of the large fancy gate). Once you enter, there will be an elevator/lift on the leftside. Go to floor 3.
- Walk to Departures. Once you are floor 3, you will see the departures area. This is where you will be able to flag down/meet your driver.
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